Ghost in the Wires : My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker, Paperback

Ghost in the Wires : My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker Paperback

3 out of 5 (1 rating)


Kevin Mitnick, the world's most wanted computer hacker, managed to hack into some of the country's most powerful - and seemingly impenetrable - agencies and companies.

By conning employees into giving him private information and maneuvering through layers of security, he gained access to data that no one else could. The suspenseful heart of the book unfolds as Mitnick disappears on a three-year run from the FBI.

He creates fake identities, finds jobs at a law firm and hospital, and keeps tabs on his myriad pursuers - all while continuing to hack into computer systems and phone company switches that were considered flawless.

A modern, technology-driven adventure story, GHOST IN THE WIRES is a dramatic account of the joy of outsmarting security programs, the satisfaction of code-cracking, and the thrill of unbelievable escape.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 560 pages, Section: 8 pages of b&w photos
  • Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Autobiography: general
  • ISBN: 9780316212182



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Fun read, fast, and interesting as can be. The self-aggrandizing is over the top, and the guy so totally misses the mark on who is to blame (um, *you*, Kevin Mitnick) for the activities that it almost becomes funny (pathetic but a funny) as this guy justifies his way through his activities.This would have been a 5-star book for me if there hadn't been so much of the "blame others" and if the guy had actually learned something. Lacking that, I dinged 2 stars, but the book itself is a great read! Especially for anyone in IT or computer programming. Since I was almost contemporary to Kevin, and in software development at the time he was hacking, it was fun to read and reminisce about some of the ways we use to "secure" networks. For me, the read was full of "oh yeahs, I remember that..." and if you're of the same era I think you'll like this book.

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